Frank Warren, co-promoter for WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, says the 'Gypsy King' solidified to the world that he's a better fighter than his domestic rival, Anthony Joshua.
They have two opponents in common now - Wladimir Klitschko and Dillian Whyte.
Fury ended Klitschko's decade long reign in 2015, when he traveled over to Germany and outboxed the division leader for the unified crown.
Two years later, Joshua got off the floor to stop Klitschko in the eleventh round of a fireworks fight at Wembley Stadium. It was Klitschko's first bout since losing to Fury. He retired a few months later.
Joshua went to war with Whyte in 2015, to secure a stoppage in the seventh.
Last Saturday night at Wembley Stadium, Fury remained undefeated when he controlled Whyte for five rounds, before closing the show in the sixth with an uppercut to put Whyte away.
Joshua suffered his second career defeat when he was outboxed over twelve rounds last September by Oleksandr Usyk, with a rematch targeted to take place in the coming months.
“When Tyson fought Klitschko, that was 18 months or two years before Joshua did, and he was a better fighter. And Tyson went over and done it in his backyard. He was based in Germany, his fights were all in Germany, he went and done it in front of 60-odd thousand fans, and went and took him to school in Germany, and he was the best heavyweight of his generation. You look how Tyson fought him, I mean, he never got a look in, Klitschko," Warren told IFL TV.
“Then you look at Klitschko against Joshua – if he’d had the legs that he’d had maybe when he was fighting Tyson he might have finished Joshua. But he got up, credit to Anthony Joshua, he got off the canvas, took the fight back to him, but I think he could have stopped him, an old Klitschko would have stopped him.
“But anyway, did Dillian Whyte improve after fighting AJ? I think he did, and I think Joshua had a tougher fight with Dillian Whyte than Tyson certainly did, that’s for sure. Dillian Whyte’s fights with Derek Chisora? I think their first one, I thought Chisora just nicked it, I think the second one you know if Dillian didn’t clip him I think he was behind.
“Tyson beat him the first time, and the second time, he absolutely took him to school. In fact he done the same job on [Whyte] there in some ways it was a bit like watching the early rounds of the Chisora fight how he jabbed him and picked him apart. So I’ve got to say Tyson. People say I’m biased, everyone’s got the opinions, but I think anyone who knows a bit about boxing would think he’s had the better fights.”